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Build Your House Around My Body

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<club-desc-paragraph>Two young women go missing decades apart, their fates inescapably linked through past generations, ghosts, ancestors, and the possessed bodies and possessed lands that make up their history. Build Your House Around My Body takes readers on a heart-pounding, border-crossing journey through colonial mansions, ramshackle zoos, ex-pat flats, and sizzling back-alley street carts. Join author Violet Kupersmith and Belletrist for a deep dive into Build Your House Around My Body, the Vietnamese history that inspired it, and the ghost stories and folktales that helped Violet create this haunting and unforgettable novel.<club-desc-paragraph>

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<club-landing-h3>Building on Bones<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Emma and Karah get to know Violet, who explains the genesis of the book's title, how the end of the book became its beginning, and the special magic of writing with yellow legal pads.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Possessing Bodies Possessing Lands<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Violet shares how ghost stories impacted both her childhood and the writing of the novel, including a favorite ghost story of her grandmother's. Violet, Emma, and Karah discuss their shared belief in ghosts, and why the biggest spook of Build Your House Around My Body isn't a ghost at all.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Shedding The Skin<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Violet shares which Irish folktales inspired part of the novel, and discusses how trauma plays a role in her character's development. Additionally, Violet reveals the big question she was trying to answer with the writing of Build Your House Around My Body.<club-landing-paragraph>

<club-landing-h3>Epilogue<club-landing-h3>

<club-landing-paragraph>Emma and Karah discuss what they learned from their conversation with Violet, and how they hope Belletrist readers will react to Build Your House Around My Body.<club-landing-paragraph>

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